Volunteering in an orphanage is one of the most worthwhile activities you can get involved in. Throughout the world, there are vast numbers of children who are orphaned, neglected, or under-educated and in need of love, general care, and educational support.  Volunteering your time in an orphanage is a chance to make a difference in a child’s life.  These children need someone who cares about them and someone who can help them play and laugh and forget their troubles for a moment.  Their lives depend on compassionate people like you, and your time with them will make big impact in their lives.


You can also participate in the extra curriculum activities which normally are scheduled for the afternoon and weekends. With support from People and Borders, and local caretakers, you will quickly have better understanding of the environment you’re working with. As a team, we will come up with activities to challenge and develop the children you’re working with.

You will assist local orphanage caretakers in a day to day program. Commonly, volunteers help with meal preparation, playing and feeding children ages five and under.  Also, you will be helping the kids who are going to school with their daily schedule as they head out the door, like helping them make their bed.  And when they return home, you will have the privilege of helping them with homework and making sure it is finished.


You will be at the orphanage anywhere between 4 and 8 hours a day.  The majority of our volunteers choose to work from Monday through Friday, with the weekend free to rest up or explore the area.  Your day may start early to help get the children up and give them breakfast. However, you will probably finish early, or have several hours off at lunchtime before returning to play with the children in the afternoon.  You, as the volunteer, can choose how many hours you wish to be with the children. Once you are aware of the specific program of your choice, you will easily choose a suitable time to work.

Many of the orphanages have a playground or use a nearby local community area.  This would be a good place teach children sports, if you have a passion for it.  Most of these children have had very few opportunities to learn and develop their skills in a structured yet fun environment.  Teaching children a structured sport will inspire them to set goals and stay active, both on and off the sports field.

Volunteers can get involved in working with street children in a number of our destinations. You can help to prepare free meals, provide personal hygiene advice, and teach literacy skills.

Taking on this kind of responsibility for others and developing personal relationships, provides a deeper understanding of a different culture, as well as your own. At People and Borders, our volunteers return home with more self-confidence and a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them, in general.

Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis. Most interns work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.

Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.

Gillian Anderson